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Deep defense to carry feisty Blue Devils

(09/02/05 4:00am)

After being one of the nation’s youngest teams last season, the Blue Devils are wiser and more experienced than a year ago. At practice, shoulder pads pop just a little louder—a sign of the fruits of an incoming recruiting class that ranks among Duke’s best in decades. And along the sideline, head coach Ted Roof and one of the ACC’s highest-paid coaching staffs direct the team on a mission to prove that the Blue Devils are better than the last-place finish most major publications have predicted for them.